Oregon Militia: ‘We’re Not Looking for Bloodshed’

One of the apparent leaders of the armed occupation of an Oregon federal wildlife refuge on Monday toned down the violent rhetoric he delivered a day earlier, saying the activists are not trying to provoke a confrontation with the government. "We don't want it to end with violence," said Ryan Bundy in an interview, who with his brother Ammon has spoken for the the group occupying a group of federal buildings in Oregon’s outback. "We're not looking for bloodshed." On ...
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Will China Deploy Troops to Syria?

Last week, lawmakers adopted China's first-ever dedicated anti-terrorism law. The new law's most interesting provision, as far as foreign observers are concerned, is an article authorizing the Chinese military to take part in counter-terrorism missions abroad. Will China now join the Syrian, Russian and Iranian-led anti-terror campaign in Syria? On Thursday, commenting on China's new counterterrorism law, and specifically its provision allowing the People's Liberation Army to participate in a...
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Will the US Economy Collapse in 2016? Predictions and Preparations

By Eric Blair Is 2016 the year our financial system fully collapses? It seems like the alternative media always predicts that an economic collapse is coming. In many ways we’ve been right, but in many ways we’ve been wrong. Sure, mathematically, the debt-based monetary system is headed for disaster, and clearly certain parts of the economy are already experiencing major declines. However, we have to admit that our breathless annual predictions of a major economic collapse have been wrong. ...
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Ad Shows Army Prepping for Martial Law

Will martial law be declared on American soil? Will economic collapse and urban riots result in the final and total loss of civil liberties right here at home? It could happen, and it is one of the “eventualities” that the military is preparing for, though they are constitutionally barred from being used domestically against the American people. Part of the U.S. Army’s latest ad campaign, broadcast frequently during football games and sporting events, and widely across many television p...
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Syrian Terror Groups Now Fighting Each Other

Heavy battles have erupted between two rebel groups – Jaysh al-Islam (meaning Army of Islam) and Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham in Damascus province, as militants continue to lose ground in Syria, according to reports from the Iranian News Agency FARS. © Photo: Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation This is not the first report of infighting between the rebel groups in the country.Earlier in December, heavy fighting reportedly erupted between the Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS) and o...
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Kim Jong Un Says Country Is Ready for War

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday that his country was ready for war if provoked by “invasive” outsiders, the Associated Press reported. Kim, while addressing the nation in his New Year’s speech, also said he was ready to hold talks with "anyone who wants peace and unification." Kim, however, refrained from talking about reports on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, the Associated Press reported. His speech was broadcast on North Korea’s state television, acc...
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US Military: Robotic Pack Mules are Too Noisy

The US military has reportedly shelved development of its robotic pack mule — the Boston Dynamics-built Legged Squad Support System or LS3. According to a report from Military.com, there are no "future experiments or upgrades planned" for the mechanical beast of burden, with the program in need of new contracts or support from senior military figures before it can be resurrected. And the reason for this parting of ways? LS3 was apparently too noisy to make a good soldier. "They took it as it ...
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The Fed’s Brave New Interest Rate World

On December 17th, 2015, the FOMC raised interest rates for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. To be sure, it had little choice. The Fed had been signalling an interest rate rise persistently for months, and had already disappointed markets twice by delaying rate rises in September and October. It had painted itself into the same corner as the ECB did over QE earlier in the year. The ECB signalled for months that it was going to start QE, and backed off several times, to the di...
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Man Drives Car at Soldiers Guarding French Mosque

A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque in the French city of Valence Friday, local officials said. The soldiers were not seriously injured and were able to open fire on the car, injuring the driver twice with bullets, Frédéric Loiseau, Secretary-General of the city prosecutors' office told NBC News. The driver, whose motive was not immediately clear, was in the hospital, he said. Valence is about 60 miles south of Lyon in southern France. The target was the sol...
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China’s Anti-Terror Law Mandates Tech Firm Cooperation

China passed a new, wide ranging anti-terror law this week that includes provisions requiring telecom operators and Internet service providers to provide technical assistance, including decryption, to government authorities investigating terrorist activities. According to the report by China's official Xinhua news agency, those firms will also be called on to "prevent dissemination of information on terrorism and extremism." Li Shouwei, deputy head of the parliament's criminal law division...
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What China’s Anti-Terrorism Legislation Actually Says

On December 27, China’s National People’s Congress passed the country’s much-debated anti-terrorism legislation. Although the text is still being translated into English, numerous analyses have already emerged, some based on apparently outdated versions of the law. As a service to future commentators, below is a brief analysis—based on the original Mandarin—on which portions of the legislation did, and did not, make the final cut. Foreign observers have been most concerned by Beijing’...
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Winter Survival Tips From US Marine Corps

Despite 2015's freakishly warm holiday weather, winter is one of the worst conditions to endure. That's why the US military has courses designed to teach its people how to survive in arctic temperatures. Here are a few tips from the Winter Survival Course handbook and some items the Marine Corps consider essential to combating the cold. Here's what the Marines say to take with you if you venture deep into the cold (somewhere other than New York) this winter. Key Items: Water/Food: At ...
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Obama to Announce New Executive Action on Guns

President Barack Obama is expected to announce in the coming days a new executive action with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales, people familiar with White House planning said. Described as "imminent," the set of executive actions would fulfill a promise by the President to take further unilateral steps the White House says could help curb gun deaths. Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could...
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Army Looking for Volunteers to Eat MREs for 21 days Straight

Three weeks, nothing but packaged, ready-to-eat meals.  It's not a far-flung mission, nor is it a lost wager — it's how Army researchers hope to discover how new knowledge of the digestive process could improve future Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MREs.) The work could even help protect soldiers from sickness while deployed. Here's what you need to know about the ongoing study, run by the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine's military nutrition division: 1. "Gut health" goals. ...
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China’s Anti-Terror Law Permits Troop Deployment Abroad

China on Sunday adopted its first counter-terrorism law that grants overarching powers to security agencies, allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations and requires technology firms to give sensitive data like encryption keys to the government. Much on the expected lines, 159 legislators of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously adopted the draft law earlier approved by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). The new law makes it legal...
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